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Can a Village be Inherently Evil?
Welcome to Brunswick NY, Population 4,941.

On the façade, this sleepy hamlet comes to life every autumn with picturesque apple orchards, haunted corn mazes, fun-filled pumpkin patches, and holiday hayrides. During a snowy Halloween, a young William Willowsby must battle evil forces that have been shielded by the locals for
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Mass Market Paperback, 205 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by Black Rose Writing
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Schizanthus
DNF at 26%

I was intrigued by this book’s blurb and was looking forward to a spooky read. The idea of a town that’s inherently evil, with the scares taking place in a graveyard, school and mortuary, sounded like my kind of fun. Unfortunately it’s not working for me at all, which is really disappointing. Even worse, I’m currently surrounded by reviewers who loved this book so I feel like I’m missing out on something wonderful.

I’m finding the story quite disjointed and haven’t been able to f
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Bandit
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And maybe, just maybe I overdid it with my commitment to read genre exclusively for the month of October. In fact, it boggles the mind to think my reading diet was once as unvaried as that consistently. Now, I crave variety much too much. If I am to stay within one genre, though, I’ll settle for an exceptional quality. Something this book didn’t quite deliver, although it was by no means a terrible addition to the realm of literary terrors. Ruggerio is apparently a famous chef, specializing in I ...more
Bespectacled Petal
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got a free advance readers’ copy in exchange for my honest review.

This was an old-fashioned horror in the midst of modern life. Halloween and werewolves, trick-or-treaters and witches. Before reading it, I saw where someone described it as reading a book that Tim Burton would write. That is the best way to describe it. It had an Edward Scissorhands feel to it. Seeing as that is actually one of my favorite movies, that should tell you how much I enjoyed this book.

A Wistf
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Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review of 'A wistful tale of Gods, men and monsters' by David Ruggerio
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When u started reading this book I thought I would really struggle with it as some of the words didn't have gaps between them in the quotes at the beginning of some of the chapters and some of the chapter headings there seemed to be problems with the font leaving letters out or turning them the wrong way or making them into symbols instead of letters. However I took into consider
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Mary
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every little village has it's tale to tell, it's dark secrets, even it's magic. Brunswick, New York has had more that it's share of tales and more than it's share of blood spilled onto it's soil. Halloween is just around the corner and Brunswick is getting ready. Thrill seekers come looking for haunts and legends. The Sheriff's workload increases dramatically and violently. Best friends William and Lilly start to make some frightening connections between bizarre events and horrific murders and i ...more
Irene
DNF. I gave up somewhere around 25%
There are some creepy and creative ideas here but the lack of editing and excessive over use of adverbs along with wordsthatruntogether are giving me a headache.
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men, and Monsters by David Ruggerio is set in the tiny New York village of Brunswick. It's a postcard perfect autumnal setting, with lovely cider-worthy orchards, fields of giant orange pumpkins, golden rows of corn and wheat, and that close-knit feel that only rural hamlets can offer. Brunswick is also a place full of sinister darkness, where an ancient legend walks the nights.

Things kick off as a group of oblivious tourists head to Brunswick to 'see some gho
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Joan
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place around Halloween in a little, ominous town called Brunswick. The story is written from quite a few viewpoints and also has flashes into the past. It is an old fashioned horror and I really enjoyed the thrills and scares and the book had me intrigued from the very beginning. I liked the way it mixed old legends and horror with modern day living to create quite a scary story.

Unfortunately due to the lack of editing, it was a bit hard to read with all the gramatica
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Annarella
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent horror novel, well written and gripping.
I loved the creepy atmosphere, the setting and the well written cast of characters.
I'm happy I requested this ARC, because I discovered a new excellent author.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Randa sperling
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I liked the storyline of this book. Well written. Some grammatical errors or misspellings but overall enjoyable. I liked it!!
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